Contract Numbers For Steelers T Marcus Gilbert


The numbers of the five-year contract extension signed earlier this week by Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Marcus Gilbert are now in.

The National Football Post reports that the six-year contract totals out at $30.815 million and included a $7.65 million signing bonus.

Gilbert’s non-guaranteed base salaries for years 2014-2019 are scheduled to be $650,000, $1.9 million, $3.95 million, $4 million, $4.05 million and $4.865 million. In addition, the Florida product can earn an annual $50,000 workout bonus starting in 2015 and a $3.5 million roster bonus due fifth day of 2015 league year.

Below is a break down of the contract along with the cap charges based on those numbers.

YEARBASE SALARYSIGNING BONUSWO BONUSROSTER BONUSCAP CHARGE
2014$650,000.00$1,741,802.00$0$0$2,391,802.00
2015$1,900,000.00$1,530,000.00$50,000.00$3,500,000.00$6,980,000.00
2016$3,950,000.00$1,530,000.00$50,000.00$0$5,530,000.00
2017$4,000,000.00$1,530,000.00$50,000.00$0$5,580,000.00
2018$4,050,000.00$1,530,000.00$50,000.00$0$5,630,000.00
2019$4,865,000.00$0$50,000.00$0$4,915,000.00


  • CrazyTerry

    This is not even a backloaded contract. The guy is going to bank anywhere from 6M to 8M a year if he is cut in the middle of his contract. Shero gets fired for 2 bad contracts and Shero’s draft actually was pretty decent last year. Meanwhile, Colbert drafts have been iffy in recent years and their cap management has been worse and Colbert is in no danger of losing his job. This is a DUMB DUMB contract. It is pretty much a contract that is hoping that Gilbert plays at his best the entire contract. His upside is really that of a 7M tackle at best while his downside is that of a 2M tackle. And you sign him a year early. Where is the discount on his value for wrapping him up this year?

  • AzheDraven

    So… is this a good contract?

  • SteelersDepot

    You really ARE Crazy. The can cut him prior to paying him his roster bonus in March if they need to and the dead money charge is $6.12M. After the 2015 season, the dead money is
    $4,590,000.00.

  • SteelersDepot

    yes

  • steeltown

    This is a solid contract, base salaries and cap charges are manageable

  • Eric MacLaurin

    Anyone complaining about Colbert’s drafting after this draft is obviously a troll or has a personal problem.

    People can’t get that stupid.

  • Aric Brown

    This puts him right around the 5-7 range for highest paid rght tackles

  • Hockey vs Football.

    Really?

    STEELERS YEAH!

  • SteelersDepot

    Try $5.135833333333333M per season.

  • steeltown

    It’s an extension, so its 6yrs, making it a little over $5MIL per, that’s about average right now

  • Aric Brown

    Yes… putting him in the top 5-7 highest paid right tackles in the game(per Sportrac)

  • Aric Brown

    I think its a bit above average as it stands right now… nut when the salary cap raises the average pay will raise and Gilberts contract will fall into that average range

  • NW86

    So this is set up so that the $3.5M roster bonus can be converted to signing bonus next spring so it can be prorated over the last 5 years of the deal to reduce the 2015 cap hit. I’m not a big fan of this tactic because they will end up using future cap space to account for money already paid to him in the past. Not to mention it makes it harder to release someone. If that is done, and then they were to decide after 2015 that they wanted to release him, they would be stuck with $7.4M dead money.

  • Aric Brown

    For perspective only Doug Free will have a higher cap hit in the 2015 season… that is as it stands right now

  • SteelersDepot

    Doing that to only save $2.8M in cap space wouldn’t be wise and thus i doubt it happens.

  • steeltown

    But you’re looking at the one year with a roster bonus

  • Aric Brown

    Doug Frees cap hits as well as any other right tackle include this in their cap hits as well… im not complaining about the contract… just shedding light on how good this contract is in comparison to others in the leagues… at first look I thought it was more modest

  • Aric Brown

    His 5.5 hit the following year puts him at 7th just above Anthony Davis

  • Pete Johnson

    So basically 11.3 million guaranteed. For at best an average tackle.(or below average if you look at PFF) And considering what our current state at tackle is, there is no way he is not getting that Roster bonus next year. None. Unless he suffers a career ending injury. Oh and we know mod, we have never ever ever handed out a “bad” contract. Ever. He will play just well enough to not cut him, and we will have a replacement level player making 6m a year. And yes, it IS 6m if you don’t play fuzzy math just because we used the final year of his rookie deal to spread it out.

  • Steeler Wheeler

    So basically, the Steelers gave Gilbert an extra $6M this year to sign a fat 5/$24M extension because he sucks less than Adams and Whimper? Very dumb contract…a guy who is somewhere around the 25th to 32nd best RT in football should make the vet minimum. Money should be spent elsewhere:(

  • Nolrog

    >>> Colbert drafts have been iffy in recent years and their cap management has been worse The made a strategic decision to keep the super bowl team together as long as possible. That resulted in they had. But it wasn’t an accident, it was an intentional use of the cap that way. You may not like it, probably would have been better if some guys were let go sooner rather than later, but it was a choice they made.

  • Nolrog

    Roughly. 8-P

  • Pete Johnson

    Basically the way I read it there is no way he goes anywhere for 3 years without huge dead money. 2014…obviously not going anywhere. 2015, even if released before roster bonus the dead money from SB is still there. in 2016 still 4.6 in dead money, net gain of only a million off the cap number. 2017 is the first year you could get rid of him and have it actually make sense, “only” 3m in dead money.

    If that is wrong in any way correct me. This is far from a backloaded deal that we can get out of easily.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    IMO this contract has some similarities to the Antonio Brown contract, in that the guaranteed money is relatively low but if the salaries are all paid out (without restructuring) the total amount paid is fairly high.

    Colbert re-signed Antonio BEFORE he had his breakout year and what looked like big salaries initially (for an young unproven player) turned out to look like a decent bargain now based on his recent production.

    I believe Colbert is attempting the same strategy now, gambling that Gilbert is about to have a breakout year. I personally don’t believe this is going to be the case. I think Gilbert projects to an average to good starter.

    I think Colbert was forced into making this deal because we have no other options at the offensive tackle position. I think Colbert’s acquisition/assessment/evaluation/signing of offensive lineman has been his biggest area of weakness as our GM.

    However, he has excelled in other areas, so to me, it kind of balances out. I have been a harsh critic of Colbert’s recent drafting, but it appears the last couple of years have been very solid (and I give him props). I do think it’s fair though to point out his deficiencies in the OL department.

  • mlc43

    I’m not a cap expert by any means, but I thought you needed to know the guaranteed money to figure out dead money. Am I wrong or not reading the article correctly?

  • steeltown

    Backloaded deals are historically the ones that you CANT get out of easily (eg Woodley)

  • Dan

    It does seem a little grand based on what he’s done so far. Can only assume that Munch and the coaches are seeing some really solid things in practice. Hope it works out. Sucking a little less than Adams and Whimper is setting the bar pretty low.

  • CrazyTerry

    So that’s 6M he gets that he woudnt have if he didn’t sign the extension. Steelers are paying more money this year with the bonus and he should be giving the team a discount on his future average value for that advance bonus. I don’t see that discount. If the Steeelers waited a year, and paid him 6M a year for the 4 years instead of the 5M a year now for the 5 years, it would have been preferable. At least, you get to test him for a year. I highly doubt he would have earned more than that and Steelers would have had an extra year to see if he is for real.

  • CrazyTerry

    You don’t know how this draft turns out. And yes, the draft looks good. But you are going ot judge him on one freaking draft in the last half decade?

  • CrazyTerry

    Funny thing is Colbert’s initial few years were marked by some very good acquisitions. He built that SB 40 OL. I don’t know why he has lost that success rate in most of the recent drafts. Hartings was damn good free agent too.

  • CrazyTerry

    Just a point that Colbert is very lucky to work for the Rooneys instead of Burkle and Mario.

  • steeltown

    A lot of Backseat General Managers around these parts basing far too much on PFF rankings and their crystal balls

  • CrazyTerry

    Who cares about the dead money. What we care about is how much is this guy getting paid .. period.. after each year. If he did not sign this extension, he was going to get his usual salary of what – 2M or less? Now, he is getting 8.5M even if he is cut after this year(so what if for cap purposes it gets prorated, it is coming out of the cap at some point). So depending on when he gets cut-
    1)Cut after 2015, you effectively gave him a one year 8M plus extension a year in advance
    2) after 2016: A 2 year 12M plus extension a year in advance.
    3) after 2017: a 3 year 17M extension a year in advance.
    If he is worth those numbers when you look back in hindsight after 2017, then the deal gets to be a good deal for the Steelers for the remaining two years.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    If you’re so smart you think your qualified to judge Colbert you sure as f better be ready to talk about players before they’re proven.

    If you don’t already recognize that this is one of the top 5 Steelers classes ever you need to look closer.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    I agree.

    I think the length of the deal gives the Steelers more value but agree with your earlier statement that Munch must like him.

  • PittsburghSports

    Hey, how’s that contract look now, dummy lolol